STMA Welcomes Mr. Brad Watkins
After serving as the Administrative Secretary to the Bishop and the Assistant Director of Vocations in the Diocese of Raleigh for the past three years, Mr. Watkins joins us with the goal of helping to take St. Thomas More Academy to the “next level.” His focus at the school will be institutional advancement, marketing, promotion, and recruitment.
Prior to his work at the Diocesan Catholic Center he taught art at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, the College of Design at North Carolina State University, and the Studio Art Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Additionally, Mr. Watkins will be able to assist with the formation of students and vocational activities/programs at our school. For those students discerning a call to the priesthood or religious life, he will be able to work with them and share the knowledge he has gained in his work for the Office of Vocations.
Married for eighteen years, Mr. Watkins and his wife Chantal have five children – Liliane, Therese, Isaac, Samuel and Mary Frances. This summer, on June 26, 2010, Mr. Watkins will be one of fifteen men ordained to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Raleigh by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge. His parish assignment as a deacon will be announced in mid-June prior to ordination.
In comment about coming to St. Thomas More Academy, Mr. Watkins said, “I am extremely excited about becoming a part of the St. Thomas More Academy family. From its beginning, I have supported the school, and have wanted to see it succeed on all levels. Now it is my sincere hope that as a part of the wonderful faculty and staff at STMA, I can help build upon the strong foundation that already exists. Together we can work with students and parents in continuing to grow St. Thomas More Academy into an outstanding institution that can serve as a model for a classical, college preparatory school in faithfulness, excellence, value and sustainability. There is no doubt in my mind that everything is there for us do this, and do it all for the greater glory of God!”